Blitz Chess #377: Sicilian Defense, Paulsen

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Sicilian Defense, Paulsen or Kan variation. Black supports a knight jump into g4, setting up fishing pole tactics against the white king. The cost is a lack of development, and a weakened kingside which makes castling there not as secure. Would the pros outweigh the cons with black’s 8…h5, and more importantly is h5 really a “move”, or just a dubious idea?

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 { B47 Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation, Bastrikov Variation } 6. Be2 a6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3 h5 9. f4 d6 10. Kh1 Be7 11. a4 b6 12. Bf3 Bb7 13. f5 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 Rb8 15. fxe6 fxe6 16. Qxb6 Qxb6 17. Bxb6 Bxe4 18. Nxe4 Rxb6 19. Ng5 Kd7 20. b3 Rc8 21. Rac1 Rc3 22. Rfe1 d5 23. Nf7 Bd6 24. Ne5+ Bxe5 25. Rxe5 Rbc6 26. Re2 Rxb3 27. h3 Rbc3 28. Kh2 h4 29. Rd2 Kd6 30. Rd4 R6c4 31. Rd2 e5 32. Rb1 e4 33. Be2 Rxa4 34. Rb6+ Rc6 35. Rb7 Rc7 36. Rb6+ Ke5 37. Bxa6 Ra2 38. Bf1 Rcxc2 39. Rxc2 Rxc2 40. Rb7 g5 41. Rg7 Kf5 42. Bb5 d4 43. Ba6 d3 44. Rd7 Ke6 45. Rb7 d2 46. Rb6+ Ke5 47. Be2 Rc1 48. Rb5+ Nd5 49. Rb8 d1=Q 50. Re8+ Kd4 51. Bxd1 Rxd1 52. Rd8 Rd2 53. Rg8 Nf4 54. Rxg5 Rxg2+ 55. Rxg2 Nxg2 56. Kxg2 Kd3 57. Kf1 Kd2 58. Kf2 e3+ 59. Kf3 e2 60. Kg4 e1=Q 61. Kh5 Qg3 62. Kh6 Ke3 63. Kh5 Ke4 64. Kh6 Ke5 65. Kh7 Ke6 66. Kh8 Kf6 67. Kh7 Qg7

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  1. Looks a bit like a hedgehog with a fishing pole.

  2. er move 45 you could have just played Donkey takes barnhouse on d7 but ok interesting game nevertheless cheers.I do much worse moves than that in time pressure so dont think that i am on my high horse or anything.The other day i offered my opponent a mate in one,good job he/she didnt spot it.I am just an amateur hobby player and i dont really study chess but i love to play and have had some good results when the noodle works.Thanks for your vids.Very good channel thanks.

  3. Hey Jerry I think at 9:50 there may have been a blunder: your knight could have taken the rook –and in the analysis near the end of the video it went through it quickly :/ (as in Kf6xRd7)

  4. Jerry — I notice that if the video dimensions were shifted +15 pixels to the right, it would include the full engine analysis for black's moves, without losing anything on the left. Not much, but would be more pleasing to see πŸ™‚

    As for the game, well played! I liked the illustration how the h-pawn is a useful idea in blitz games, when it typically would not even be considered in classical games.

  5. Nice and instructive video! What's your opinion about the kings indian attack against the Paulsen system. Do you think it's important to pull your opponent out of theory as soon as possible? Kind regards OrcaChess

  6. It is good to See how you destroyed your opponnent:)

  7. I've been wondering if you play the blackmar-diemer gambit? As long as I've watched you play I haven't seen you play any overly agressive openings but in time controls like bullet and 3-0 blitz I think it would certainly be a way to put your opponent on their toes.

  8. I remember the first time I watched a video from you Jerry, you kept saying fishing pole and I had no idea what it was. Since then I learned what it was and I'm always excited to see it happen!

  9. Very instructive game. That b6 is such a natural move and i will dedinitely keep be watchful of a bishop moving onto the long diagonal in future games. Thanks!

  10. Hi! Im not familiar with 8…h5. What s the idea?

  11. fantastic game!! Well played and superb commentary at the same time!

  12. Superb! Loved your commentary even if you made a few mistakes. In the end, you won out by keeping your cool. Thanks for the entertainment, Jerry

  13. Your opponent played by the clock… what a douche…

  14. Sorry, second video watched from a link. I am about 1600 and saw before that b6 pawn is attacked. You didn't and lamented after NxN, QxN. Quit at 4:50. Patzer.

  15. Lol chess is so damn fun when itΒ΄s used to procrastinate study.

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